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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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world-class

1,776 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 884
Gots: 294 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  29.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-09-2005)
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

03-15-2013 16:14:33 | More by EROCK75
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WynnO

Florida

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-15-2013 05:52:07 | More by WynnO
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tastymug

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I sampled the Samuel Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary, 2012 release.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red/ruby color with no head of any kind. Appears to be clear, but it’s dark in color so it’s difficult to see through.

Smell: Dark fruits. Rich, sweet, more like liquor than beer.

Taste: Follows the nose; sweet, dark fruits such as fig or raisin, slight maple syrup, vanilla, oak. The strength of the alcohol definitely comes across in this one.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, syrupy; flavors stay on the tongue, coating it.

Overall: I can safely say I’ve never had “beer” like this before. It definitely comes across more like a cordial than beer, and drinking it would follow suit. It’s meant to be enjoyed at room temperature and in small, savory sips. This batch has very complex flavors. I’ve read that oxidation is part of the appeal of this beer; in other words you open the bottle, screw the cap back on when done and leave it be (like most liquors). Since I can’t personally speak to how this may taste a year from now, I would risk a guess that it will be as equally tasty as it is from a recently opened bottle. If given the chance to try it (or any of the previous batches) you’ll definitely want to add it to your “tried beers” list.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:08:59 | More by tastymug
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bifrost17

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-14-2013 16:20:56 | More by bifrost17
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soxfan04

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-14-2013 01:07:10 | More by soxfan04
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Cottzilla

Ohio

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-14-2013 00:24:17 | More by Cottzilla
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beertardis

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-13-2013 00:47:42 | More by beertardis
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lakesider1818

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.3%

03-11-2013 23:04:37 | More by lakesider1818
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

03-11-2013 02:20:26 | More by TKEbeerman
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jamiecoppin

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-10-2013 17:04:51 | More by jamiecoppin
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Mini4x

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -32.7%

03-10-2013 11:16:29 | More by Mini4x
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to score a bottle of this last year. Served slightly chilled into a small snifter.

Pours a very dark chestnut brown with no head or lacing.

Smells of dried fruits, leather and of course alcohol.

Flavors explode on your tongue. Closest description I can think of is very strong brandied cherries.

Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with a crisp alchohol bite on the tongue and a lingering aftertaste.

As with others I had trouble rating this beer as it is a wholly unique beverage. I was extremely glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Would I shell out the funds for another, tough call. Would definitely go in on a bottle with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:00:43 | More by srhoadsy
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Odysseyalien

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was treated to a sample today at Three Bling Monks in Garfield, NJ. In a single word ... "delicious"...and thanks to Brian for the sample. I would say though that to call this a beer is almost a misnomer as the taste is really more like a liquor or brandy. Tasty for sure, but difficult to call it a beer. The rating system for this is difficult cause I don't feel like I'm rating a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:50:02 | More by Odysseyalien
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

03-09-2013 16:26:11 | More by acurtis
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1up

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-08-2013 14:01:00 | More by 1up
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iparaez

California

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

03-08-2013 06:01:11 | More by iparaez
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CGAR

Florida

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-07-2013 14:00:23 | More by CGAR
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DJButters

California

4/5  rDev -10.3%

03-06-2013 16:44:44 | More by DJButters
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ductape28

Michigan

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-06-2013 11:26:57 | More by ductape28
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-06-2013 05:13:45 | More by montrealbcr89
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jackeloff

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.3%

03-06-2013 03:17:08 | More by jackeloff
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tbarris

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.3%

03-05-2013 07:06:26 | More by tbarris
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George1799

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

03-03-2013 20:06:05 | More by George1799
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-03-2013 05:27:55 | More by millerbuffoon
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-02-2013 05:44:48 | More by KAP1356
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.